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Breast Form Buying Guide

Breast Form Buying Guide
Kevin Cleary

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be devastating, but it can be even more daunting if the treatment requires a mastectomy. Breast removal can be a traumatic event for even the staunchest woman. Once they are recovered from the original diagnosis and treatment, is there a way short of plastic surgery that a mastectomy patient can begin feeling better about themselves? Turns out there is and we here at HPFY can give you valuable information on breast forms.

What Exactly is a Breast Form?

When you hear the term prosthetic, we often think about an artificial leg or even arm. For those who undergo a mastectomy, a breast form is simply a prosthetic breast. These can help women overcome being self-conscious about their appearance after a mastectomy and return body symmetry. Breast forms are made from regular/lightweight silicone, as well as foam. They can also be worn against the skin with adhesive or in a mastectomy bra. Breast forms are even designed to take into consideration a woman’s body type. Battling breast cancer can be daunting mentally, so any way to help their psyche and quality of life can be crucially important. Let’s face it, navigating this world is tough enough without having to deal with a potential loss of confidence.


Breast Forms Types

Each of us is unique and the same can be said for breasts. No two are exactly alike. There can be differences in size, shape, and even color that vary from woman to woman. It is also common for a woman to have two different sized breasts. It is this distinct difference in size and shape that makes choosing the proper breast form potentially confusing. Mastectomy patients can choose different breast form styles and shapes to match their natural breasts. Some common breast form shapes include:

  • Triangle: With a wider base, these breast forms can help women who have wider chest walls and shallower breasts. Simple mastectomy patients and those who have had a modified radical mastectomy may benefit from these breast forms that can be made from silicone or foam.
  • Symmetrical: These breast forms can be used on either side of the chest and can restore body symmetry. These can be made from silicone or foam and manufacturers have multiple options for just about every body type.
  • Teardrop: Shaped like they sound; teardrop breast forms can be utilized in a multitude of ways. It can be worn traditionally or turned 180° to create natural transitions in the breast area. These are manufactured from a variety of silicone or foam and can give support in a sensitive time after surgery.
  • Asymmetrical: Specifically designed for the left or right side of the chest, these breast forms can fill in lateral defects and are made with different combinations of silicone and foam to reduce weight and create a natural appearance as well as comfort.



Breasts are as individualized as just about anything. Each woman is different as is every breast. Finding the right prosthetic after your mastectomy may take a little searching but can be accomplished. Each manufacturer offers a multitude of options such as material, weight, shape, and even color. By choosing the prosthetic that matches your natural breasts, your recovery from a mastectomy can be enhanced.


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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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